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Last of the Seals (Sam Slater Mystery Series #1)

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Mystery, romance and baseball in 1957 San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When Sam's partner inadv...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Sunbreaks Publishing
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Quinn Barrett
Wise Bear Books Reviews Last of the Seals by Greg Messel -- 5 Paws!

Last of the Seals is a blast from the past. Set in 1957 San Francisco, the book's protagonist, Sam Slater, is at a crossroads in his life. He has been a popular long-time pitcher for the Seals, a minor league team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox; but the much beloved local team is being forced to relocate in order to make room for the incoming major league Giants.

Sam once had aspirations of playing for the Red Sox and even had...more
San Francisco SEAL baseball minor league relief pitcher, Sam Slater, had his promising career cut short when he went to war for his country. Overseas, he met Jimmy Jankow, now a private detective. Along the way after they returned from the war, they became friends with Vince Marino, a seasoned veteran San Francisco cop. It was the last year that the SEALS would ever play at SEALS Stadium before the Giants, a major league team would pushed them out of existence to fade into history. But as Sam ha...more
Kathleen Kelly
Is this book about the Navy Seals or the animal seals?? No, it is about the baseball team the Seals, a minor league team in San Francisco in 1957.I had no idea that there was a baseball team, the Seals, nor do I know much about baseball. However, that did not stop me from reading and reviewing this book. This book is not only about baseball, although it has a great part in the story, it is about romance and murder. The Seals are soon to be disbanded as a major league team is coming to town, the...more
Toni Sinns
Baseball? Check. Murder? Check. Mystery? Check. Romance? Check.

That is right this book has all the above and more. From page one you go back in time and follow the life of Sam. His greatness at baseball is closing as the world turns and people move and life happens. Sam turns in his glove for a maganifying glass so to speak as he goes from the Seals pitcher to the solo person in a duo private investigation firm.

Amelia later joins to make the dynamic duo leap into clues and mystery to find out...more
Jul 01, 2012 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This book was nothing like I expected it to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know I must have because I devoured the book. I was worried that it was going to be all about baseball. Instead, I was treated to two mysteries and a very sweet romance. The book takes place in 1957, when most men wore suits to work and chivalry was alive and well. The nostalgia in the book made it a fun read. Imagine be able to fill your gas tank for $5.00? The two mysteries were pretty good and well written.

Sam is a gr...more
This was a First Read book I won through Goodreads.

Unfortunately, it was a good story brought to its knees – make that knocked flat on its face – by poor writing.

The prose was stilted and awkward with many plodding declarative sentences. Many sentences started with the character's name, often several in a row, which made the reading dull. Too many sentences that could (and should) have been written in an active voice were written in a passive one. And there was way too much repetition. Often, wh...more
Frederick Brooke
Take a trip back to 1957 in this nostalgic baseball novel. At the center of the book is a defunct minor league baseball team called the San Francisco Seals. Our hero, Sam Slater, is a star pitcher on the last Seals team that existed.

Sam's professional baseball career was interrupted by World War II, and when he came back he had lost some of his skills and his youthful energy. But his two wartime buddies, Vince and Jimmy, stand at the ready as Sam’s baseball career ends. Jimmy has reserved a pla...more
Baseball, two murder mysteries and a romance ... can you ask for anything more in a book?

The year is 1957 ... the last season for the minor league baseball team the San Francisco Seals. Major League Baseball is coming to San Francisco in 1958 with the New York Giants moving west, unfortunately displacing the Seals. Longtime Seals pitcher Sam Slater is playing his last season in the minor leagues, he might have had a chance to play in the majors if he hadn't fought in World War II. After the base...more
Teena in Toronto
When the New York Giants move to San Francisco, that spells the end of the San Francisco Seals (it was a real team who had been there more than fifty years). Sam (a fictional character) is a pitcher. Because his arm isn't what it used to be, he knows he won't get drafted by the Giants. He joins the private detective agency of Jimmy, one of his best friends. Unfortunately, Jimmy gets murdered, leaving Sam to run the agency alone. Around this time as his life is changing dramatically, he meets and...more
Tom Bradley
I love a good detective story and I love baseball and San Francisco is one of the greatest cities on the planet. So when I found all of the above combined in one novel, I jumped at the chance to read it. Little did I know that reading LAST OF THE SEALS would leave me feeling like I was on a long uphill hike instead of riding a cable car halfway to the stars.

The novel’s protagonist is Sam Slater, a pitcher for the soon-to-be-defunct San Francisco Seals minor league baseball team in 1957 who, upon...more
This was a first read book that I won.

This was a good story. Sam is a baseball player for the Seals and the team is no longer going to be in San Fran since the Giants are coming to town. Everyone loves the Seals and they are very popular so everyone loves Sam and he is an extremely nice guy. He helps a young gal from two drunks. The rescued gal is Amelia and after rescuing her they start dating. Sam is looking for a different job since the ball playing will be done soon so he is becoming a detec...more
At first I wasn’t sure I would like this book; I mean a book about baseball…yuck…, Thatwas one of the things I was proved wrong about. This book was so much more than that. It had romance, intrigue, suspense, adventure, mystery, sports, murder, and much more.

This book was intriguing and I enjoyed reading this book. I would hardily recommend this book to anyone. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or re...more
I struggled to page 56 of this novel, but could make it no further! The dialogue is incredibly corny and poorly written. The author clearly did not have a copy-editor review his work, as there were numerous grammatical and spelling errors.

Aside from that, the plot may have eventually gotten better, but I could not get past the overuse of the phrases "just then", " suddenly", and his technique of summing up significant scenes, rather than giving us a first hand in-depth account.

Rough reading. Do...more
This was a fun and easy read. Last of the Seals is an interesting story that is founded on baseball's glory days. Mr. Messel did a nice job of weaving the end of a locally loved minor league baseball team with the end of a pitcher's career that leads to a new romance, a new job as a private investigator, and a search for a murderer.

I received a free copy of Last of the Seals through Goodreads first-reads.
Won a copy & now waiting for it to arrive :)
Katy Lesser
Fascinating slice of baseball history!
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Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg retired from the corporate world and now lives on the Puget Sound near Seattle in Edmonds, Washington with his wife of over 40 years, Carol Madsen Messel. They have three adu...more
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